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    Sikhote-Alin Meteorite - Extraterrestrial Totem from the Biggest Meteorite Shower Since the Dawn of Civilization
    Iron, coarse octahedrite - IIAB
    Maritime Territory, Siberia, Russia

    One the most frightening natural phenomena in modern times occurred at 10:30am on February 12, 1947 when the Sikhote Alin Mountains in eastern Siberia played host to the largest meteorite shower since the dawn of civilization. There are two distinct types of Sikhote-Alin meteorites: smooth individuals whose sculpting and abundant regmaglypts (thumbprints) are the result of an independent flight through Earth's atmosphere, and shrapnel-like fragments from the low-altitude explosion of an exceedingly large mass. This is the latter. Displaying twisting folds and deep striations on all faces, this specimen is a testament to the cataclysmic shearing force on a meteorite during its descent. Charcoal recesses accented by bright highlights provide a play of shadow and light over the entire specimen. Witnesses described the terrifying Sikhote-Alin impact as a nightmarish vision of a churning, tortured sky followed by a tremendous explosion and alarming shock waves. From one of the most historic meteorite showers of all time, this specimen of twisted steel from the asteroid belt is a captivating palm-sized example of the most terrifying meteorite shower of modern times.
    Overall Measurements: 4.25 x 2.5 x 1.75 inches (10.79 x 6.35 x 4.44 cm), weighs 977.8 grams

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    4th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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